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Stranger Things season 2 REVIEW (with spoilers)

Overall it was a great season, if you liked the first you’ll like this one

I’m not gonna do a review episode by episode, I finished binging the whole series today and I have a headache to prove it… it was good, I really had a fun time watching it and definitely thanks to Netflix for making an amazing season again. The retro-feels are there more than ever, I felt like you could sense the 80’s throughout every scene & there was a cool soundtrack that was totally nostalgic.

Eleven – El, goes off to her own path this season. She’s at first at a personal hideout of Chief Hopper’s kinda, in the woods. They seem to get along pretty well but she doesn’t like feeling imprisoned and misses her friends, especially Mike, and she’s basically been there for so long that an anger has built up in her and she explodes one night and has this big scary fight with Hopper. She decides to runaway the next morning, searching for her “mama” that she believed dead… and then she finds one of her lab-sisters in Chicago, who teaches her how to access more of her power. She finally goes back to Hawkins and joins the party, to save the world from an army of Demogorgons and the Shadow Monster.

The dynamic between the characters was switched up this season, they weren’t always together, pretty much split up into small groups or they were by themselves trying to save the situation the best way they saw fit. I really liked “Mad Max” the Maxine character, unfortunately she wasn’t really welcomed by the group and nobody seemed to care much about her / or her feelings, other than Lucas who was in love with her. They didn’t treat her the best, and up until the end of the show they still weren’t accepting her as one of their own even though she proved herself and helped as much as anyone else through it all, and that despite being rejected by them basically. That was like, the only bad vibe from Stranger Things this season. It actually bothered me so much that I’m gonna have to take one point down in my final rating.

This season was actually scary… okay, true that I get scared easily but in my honest opinion I found it way scarier than the first season. Which is good I guess… they made a whole deal about the Shadow Monster but in the end I felt like we almost didn’t see it in action. It was more about the creepy tunnels that thing made, spreading the Upside Down underground and reaching Hawkins all the way from the lab. It was also about the freaking army of Demo-dogs – the Demogorgons looked like rabbit dogs. I just wished the fight were between them and that huge Shadow Monster, facing them like face to face, which wasn’t the case. Hopefully, it will be for season 3.

There was a lot more going on this season, like many different storylines for every character which was the best thing. We could see the personal growth of each better, and it was interesting and got me more into the show because I could relate to some of them on some levels. Mostly Maxine though, because I’ve been / I am the outcast & rebel like she is, and was from a young age. I appreciated Steve Harrington’s character evolution, he showed bravery, acceptance and selflessness which was noticeable. He did a good job and I need to point it out ! Also Will, we barely saw him last season but here he got a huge part of the action, and was in the middle of everything and although it was difficult to pull out, he handled it so well.

Mike was totally weird because he didn’t have Eleven around, which is understandable, but he really made zero effort and was depressed and angry, what seemed like all the time. I have mixed up feelings about Dustin, on the one hand he’s totally an adorable dork, on the other he can be rude when he’s emotional and also he tried to make a Demogorgon his pet despite everyone telling him what a bad idea that was – I mean, that “friendship” was found to be useful at a crucial point, but still. Nancy, you know what… I still don’t like her. At all. This season she proved to be exactly what she was last, but worse. Her character just brushes me the wrong way and I don’t even want to get into that. The actress is gorgeous, but her character sucks.

Jonathan got what he wanted… which is Nancy. I’m happy for him, he’s a good guy even though he’s not very talkative and thus I still haven’t figured him out on the show. Joyce’ stress level throughout the whole series is up to no limit ! She was worried sick all the time, but I love Winona Ryder so much, she’s so beautiful, I couldn’t hate on her character’s crisis. Oh and Billy was a totall ass. By the way Lord of the Rings fans : Sam is in this season, he’s playing Bob and I was really sad when oops, he got eaten up my the Demo-dogs.

RATING – 8/10 GREAT It was a great season… despite how the writers managed some things. It’s a subjective review, so obviously it’s not gonna have a serious impact or anything. I would recommend you watch Stranger Things from the start if you’ve never seen it before, and if you have seen the first season, then what the heck are you waiting for ? Binge the second, you won’t regret it. It’s a cool trip down the retro 80’s and the sci-fi world. 

MADISON KENNEDY
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